Time to catch up on some more results from the 2007 “Proposal and BD Professional Survey”. Well over 400 survey responses have now been received, and we’d strongly encourage you to add your input if you haven’t done so already.
This week, we’re looking at the issue of respect. Barbara Esmedina, who designed the survey, asked respondents to indicate: “How well-respected is your position within your company?”. Options were:
- My position is very well-respected
- My position is somewhat well-respected
- Not as well-respected as it should be
- Not really, no one seems to understand what I do
- Not respected at all
- Don’t get me started.
Here are a few snippets from the data as it stands at present (and remember, the final results may differ once more replies are in):
- Just 17% of those surveyed class themselves as “very” well-respected; 42% are (at best) not as well-respected as they think they should be.
- 73% of those in senior executive or management (supervisory) roles categorise themselves in this “very” / “somewhat” well-respected camp. (I wonder if they have the respect of their peers within the business in mind, or the people who work for them?!).
- But the figure drops to 40% for writers/editors – there’s presumably an air of mystique about their art!
- Respect varies alarmingly by salary. Just 40% of those earning under $50k class themselves as “very” or “somewhat” well-respected, compared to 89% of those earning over $100k.
- There’s remarkably little variation in the degree of respect by level of education.
- There’s a sharp gender difference: 66% of male respondents think they’re “very”/”somewhat” well-respected, 10% higher than the figure for females. (Interestingly, for those who wonder about gender balance within our profession, over 75% of the respondents are female).
Fascinating stuff. More extracts from the data next Tuesday, diving into some of the statistics around membership of APMP (The Association of Proposal Management Professionals).